The Secret Behind How to Transition from Co Sleeping to Crib: Be Consistent

When it comes time to encourage baby to stop co-sleeping and catch their Z’s in a space all their own, it can be challenging to figure out how to transition from co sleeping to crib. 

Here’s the most important thing to remember: every family is unique, and so is every co sleeping journey. Though family, friends, or strangers online might swear by one method of transitioning from co sleeping, that doesn’t mean that this is the right method for you. 

baby in babybay co sleeper bedside cribAs you make plans to transition from co-sleeping to crib, take into account your own needs, as well as how your baby’s personality might respond better—or worse!—to different possible ways to stop co sleeping. 

Though there are many parent-loved approaches to transitioning away from co sleeping out there (from going gradually to stopping “cold turkey”), there’s one thing you should keep in mind no matter which strategy you choose—consistency is key. 

Though there are sure to be a few bumps along the road or nights when things just don’t seem to go according to plan, keep at it!

Putting a plan in place and following it closely will help your baby quickly get used to their new nighttime routine. 

Why It’s So Hard to Transition from Co Sleeping to Crib

Have you ever suffered through a night of tossing and turning because you were in an unfamiliar place or sleeping on a mattress that wasn’t your own? 

It’s common for anyone—adults and babies alike—to have a hard time sleeping when they’re getting used to a new sleeping environment or are adjusting to new nighttime sounds. 

Your baby has gotten used to the comfortable feeling of sleeping by your side. Suddenly moving across the room into a crib of their own—or moving into a whole new room of their own—is bound to create some confusion and discomfort during the transition stage. 

(Wondering how to make this transition easier? Check out some of our top tips!)

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But the more consistent you can be, the easier it will be for your baby to feel comfortable with the new routine you’re setting. 

Though it can be tempting to switch up your method of transitioning from co sleeping when faced with your baby’s discomfort and a night or two of lack of sleep, it’s important to hold strong!

By outlining your goals ahead of time and being clear about what method you’ve chosen and why you believe it’s the one that will best support your baby’s transition, you’ll be able to roll over all those bumps and help baby get used to their new routine. 

How Bedside Co Sleepers Help Ease the Transition from Co Sleeping to Crib

Luckily, families who have been co sleeping with the help of a bedside co sleeper like the babybay might have an easier time transitioning baby away from their bedside. 

Because your baby is already familiar with the feel of their baby co sleeper, they won’t have to get used to a new sleeping space—they’ll just have to get used to a new distance from you. 

With a conversion kit, you can easily transform your bedside co sleeper into a standalone baby bassinet that you can gradually move across the room. 

Before you know it, your baby will be sweetly exploring dreamland all night long, even when you’re not right by their side. 

The Key to Transitioning from Co Sleeping to Crib: Be Consistent 

You’ll hear this advice again and again, and for good reason—keeping consistent is the most important thing you can do to help baby feel confident and comfortable as they get used to their new nighttime routine. 

Some experts recommend putting an “our bed is off limits” rule in place for the first three months after they’ve stopped co sleeping. This means that baby is not invited onto their mattress at all—even for nap times or cuddling—until they’ve had enough time to adjust to sleeping in a space all their own. 

It makes sense that many parents find this an effective tactic to stop co sleeping. Your baby is still too young to logically understand why cuddling at 10am is totally fine, but sleeping by your side at night is off-limits. 

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Keeping your baby completely away from your bed until they have fully adjusted to their new nighttime routine can help deliver sounder nights of comfortable and confident sleep for them—and you!

Of course, if you’ve been co sleeping with the help of a bedside co-sleeper, then baby is likely well-prepared to take on the challenge of adjusting to a new sleeping space. 

Because they’re already used to being comfy and cozy on a mattress all their own, they won’t have as much trouble leaving your bedside behind (especially if you’re simply transforming your trusted bedside sleeper into a baby bassinet that baby gets to continue to happily sleep on all night long!).

Which means when it’s time to figure out how to transition from co sleeping to crib, you can be confident that your baby is well-prepared for the journey ahead.

Growing with babybay

Safe and Secure Bedside Cosleeping

The initial purpose of the babybay is to be used as a bedside cosleeper. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends room-sharing for the first 6 months with a separate sleep space for the baby. Our unique design makes babybay the perfect bedside option for parents looking to safely keep their little one in the same room.  That’s where babybay comes in! The locking straps keep the babybay securely attached to the bedside. This sleeping arrangement can be especially helpful for a quick response to nighttime wakings and breastfeeding without the risks of keeping your baby in your bed. You can read more about the AAP safe sleep recommendations here.

Easy Access and Convenient Bassinnet

Even if you don’t need a bedside option, the bassinet conversion kit allows the babybay to be used in any room of the house. Adding the rolling casters allows the babybay bassinet to roll from room to room as needed. The space-saving design easily fits through doorways and easily finds a useful place in any room as needed. This can be especially handy for parents working at home or in smaller homes with multi-use spaces. The open design allows the babybay to be used as a changing space as well. Having multi-use items is important to keep your space simple and organized.

Growing Up

We have exciting news coming soon about another transition that will allow the babybay line to transform into a full-size crib. While we can’t give a specific date yet, this option will be available in the US in the near future!

Toddler Time

As your little one becomes more independent the babybay easily transitions into a comfortable space for young children. Adjusting the sleep space to a low-level makes a lovely bench space for a toddler. Baskets of toys or books easily slide under the platform to make a self-contained area. The comfortable mattress and a few pillows or stuffed animals make for a comfortable snuggle space for looking at picture books or playing with toys. This could be a special corner in the nursery or as a small space in the living room where they can be comfortable and play independently.

Easy Entry Way

Making a small space for your children with their items organized within their reach can be a great way to promote independence. Hanging hooks for jackets, gloves, and shoes tucked underneath makes for a cute a functional entryway addition. This especially true if you’re working on a Montessori-ish style approach! Dr. Maria Montessori coined the term “prepared environment” to describe orderly, child-friendly spaces that encourage confidence and independence. Preparing a space for your child with the babybay as a bench makes for an inviting and useful space to allow them easily locate their items and to practice their decision-making for leaving the house in an easy and less stressful way.

Imaginative Play Space

Adjusting your babybay to a height of 14-18 inches can make an ideal play platform for imaginative play scenes. A draped play silk makes for a blue sky background for a nature scene, a grey mountain background for a scene of animals, or even roleplaying through one of their favorite stories. This can be an engaging space for your toddler to get acquainted with shapes, colors, textures at an easy-to-access height ready to catch your child’s attention at curiosity at eye-level.

Desk Space

This useful adaptation has become very important during COVID-19 and a large number of children being required to attend classes through distance learning. One of the best ways to support our children through this challenging situation is to provide them with their own dedicated space to engage with their learning. While the learning space could be as simple as the kitchen table, setting up the babybay as a dedicated desk for a child makes for a simple solution and gives a child a distraction-free area. Many desks and tables are made for adult proportions so the ability to adjust the height of your babybay to a comfortable and ergonomic level for your child can decrease strain on their arms, wrists, or posture from sitting at improper heights or working at the wrong surface level. Hanging artwork or other study materials on the sides makes for an organized and personalized space.

Years of Use

The babybay is absolutely more than just a bedside cosleeper! We’re always seeing new and innovative ways parents are using our products in their households throughout the years. You can see more of these extended uses on our social media pages or send us a message for some tips and ideas 🙂

Written by contributing writer Amber Mauriello

From Bedside Sleeper to Bassinet

But now you – Mom – are ready to find a new use for your sleeper. You’d love to use your sleeper and turn it into a freestanding baby bassinet. This may become an enclosed space for your darling little one to simply hang out near you, or nap nearby, during the day or evening.

Well, you can have this, if you already have a bedside sleeper. This wooden guard rail pictured below is all you need to keep your lil’ guy or gal purring happily near you. We call it the Bassinet Conversion Kit, and you can order it separately as an accessory to your babybay bedside sleeper.

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When you’re ready to make this move, it’s simple to convert your babybay bedside sleeper into a bassinet. Simply order our bassinet conversion kit to convert your babybay from a bedside sleeper to a standalone bassinet.

The protective wooden guard rail fits onto the open side of your bedside sleeper. It uses wooden locking clips, so it’s able to withstand any holding and pulling by your baby.

The picture below on the left shows the bedside sleeper with the wooden guard rail being attached. And the image on the right shows you the enclosed space your baby will be in. It’s a win-win for both the baby and the parents.

Using the guard rail to enclose the sleeper and turn it into a convertible bassinet for your baby can help gently move your baby away from the parental bed and further toward naptime sleeping independence after a few months. When that particular independent sleep time period happens is up to the parents to decide, of course. But when the time is right, having the guard rail to convert your sleeper into a bassinet will give you the assurance you need to know your baby always sleeps safely.

It’s easy to add the babybay bassinet conversion kit wooden guard rail to your existing babybay bedside sleeper. Simply add it to your cart on our shopping page, order it, and we’ll ship it to you quickly. Order a bassinet conversion guard rail today, and have relief on seeing your baby sleeping peacefully during the day or night.